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Hi, a few days ago I completely upgraded my computer and swapped everything out new, including case, motherboard, and power supply. Since then I've been having freezing and crashing issues in certain games. Ironically, this is not a problem in any real PC games that I know of, as I can play games such as StarCraft II and Portal just fine. However, be aware that these are the only 2 games I've actually tested with and encountered zero problems with. The issue actually crops up when using Dolphin, the Gamecube/Wii emulator. It's a mystery as to why the issue happens so frequently and predictably with this program and this program only.

But on to the actual problem. Here are my system specs:

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Windows:            Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
Internet Explorer:  8.0.6001.18702
Memory (RAM):       3071 MB
CPU Info:           Pentium(R) Dual-Core  CPU      E6500  @ 2.93GHz
CPU Speed:          2929.8 MHz
Sound Card:         VIA HD Audio Output 2
Display Adapters:   NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Monitors:           1x; Plug and Play Monitor | 
Screen Resolution:  1280 X 960 - 32 bit
Network:            Network Present
Network Adapters:   Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport | Hamachi Network Interface
CD / DVD Drives:    D: HL-DT-STBDDVDRW GGC-H20L | J: JAZE    TYBS1Q7CX6
Ports:              COM1 LPT1
Mouse:              8 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks:         C:  465.8GB
Hard Disks - Free:  C:  221.7GB
USB Controllers:    5 host controllers.
Firewire (1394):    Not Detected
Manufacturer:       Award Software International, Inc.
Product Make:       G41MT-S2P
AC Power Status:    OnLine
BIOS Info:          AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 12/31/10 | GBT    - 42302e31
Time Zone:          Central Standard Time
Battery:            No Battery
Motherboard:        Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. G41MT-S2P
IP Address:         192.168.0.120 | 5.45.5.184 | 
MAC Address:        1C-6F-65-DB-FE-FB
Host Name:          SHUTTLE
The problem is a 15-30 second hang with looping sound while a game is emulated in Dolphin, followed by random textures mapped across the screen upon resuming. This happens multiple times in one setting, and on one occasion the system has crashed to a BSOD. According to my research this is a very common type of crash caused by a Nvidia driver file, nv4_disp.dll. This actually belongs to Windows and exists before any manufacturer's drivers are installed.

I initially came to the conclusion that Nvidia's later drivers aren't very stable after reading countless threads on crashes, hangs, and general stability problems with these later versions. I literally started driver testing at around the 150 series of drivers and went from there. I proceeded doing research on each available subversion for common problems others were having. If I couldn't find anything, and if the driver was compatible with XP and my GeForce GT 240, I then uninstalled the old drivers, restarted, and installed the new ones. I'm aware this is a very bad way to upgrade/downgrade drivers as the proper way is to restart in safe mode, clean with Driver Cleaner Pro, restart in safe mode again, install the drivers, then restart in normal mode. I've only done this with my current version of drivers, 257.21. This is what I'm running now, and I've verified from several threads this is a stable release and works fine for most people.

At this point I've run out of ideas. I've even followed this popular guide. All my hardware is brand new, the card is securely seated in the PCI-E slot, it's not running hot, there's no dust anywhere. This is starting to look like a bad card or other piece of hardware at this point. Is there anything else I should be checking? Any help is much appreciated.
post #2 of 7
I assume there's no overclock and your drivers are all up to date? (As in up to date off nvidia's website, not the CD that came with.)

Definitely sounds like the problem is with the graphics card though. I'm not sure what I'd do to fix it, unless you've got another computer around you can try swapping parts in and out of to troubleshoot.
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OCZ Vertex 4 ~ 4 terabytes across 3 drives, not in RAID. 2 ... Water cooled, aquaero 5 LT controller/temp monitor Win7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23.3", 1920x1080 Acer 19", 1440x900 CM Storm Quickfire 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro 
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post #3 of 7
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Yes, running everything at stock speeds and the latest drivers also have this problem. Unfortunately I don't have access to another machine with enough wattage to supply the card. Is there a way to fully test the card, as there is with memory tests?
post #4 of 7
http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/

It's written for ATI cards, but the stress testing part of it works fine for nvidia cards.

That said, this seems like a software glitch to me... Does this problem happen in other games? If it's specific to your emulator, you might check out their forums and see if there are any compatibility issues with your hardware.
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OCZ Vertex 4 ~ 4 terabytes across 3 drives, not in RAID. 2 ... Water cooled, aquaero 5 LT controller/temp monitor Win7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23.3", 1920x1080 Acer 19", 1440x900 CM Storm Quickfire 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro 
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NXZT Switch 810 Logitech G9X Yup.  E-MU 1820m running into a Pyle 120wx2 amp, driv... 
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OCZ Vertex 4 ~ 4 terabytes across 3 drives, not in RAID. 2 ... Water cooled, aquaero 5 LT controller/temp monitor Win7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23.3", 1920x1080 Acer 19", 1440x900 CM Storm Quickfire 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro 
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NXZT Switch 810 Logitech G9X Yup.  E-MU 1820m running into a Pyle 120wx2 amp, driv... 
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post #5 of 7
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Yes, I ran a test using the Video Card Stability Test for 6 minutes, encountered zero problems with a peak temp of 55C. I brought this issue up to the Dolphin team but they simply said it "doesn't cause crashes out of nowhere" and there's nothing they can do to help. I'll bring the issue back up and see if I can get some help.
post #6 of 7
Gah... Not sure what to tell you. If the dolphin people won't help you, maybe talk to nvidia tech support? Unless someone here knows better than I do.
Kathis
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OCZ Vertex 4 ~ 4 terabytes across 3 drives, not in RAID. 2 ... Water cooled, aquaero 5 LT controller/temp monitor Win7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23.3", 1920x1080 Acer 19", 1440x900 CM Storm Quickfire 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro 
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NXZT Switch 810 Logitech G9X Yup.  E-MU 1820m running into a Pyle 120wx2 amp, driv... 
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OCZ Vertex 4 ~ 4 terabytes across 3 drives, not in RAID. 2 ... Water cooled, aquaero 5 LT controller/temp monitor Win7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23.3", 1920x1080 Acer 19", 1440x900 CM Storm Quickfire 700W Cooler Master Silent Pro 
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post #7 of 7
what does event log say?
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